"You have to be a jack of all trades”:fathers parenting their adolescent with chronic pain


Jordan, A., Crabtree, A. and Eccleston, C., 2016. "You have to be a jack of all trades”:fathers parenting their adolescent with chronic pain. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (11), pp. 2466-2476.

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    Adolescent chronic pain has an extensive impact on parents, with research typically focused on exploring maternal experiences. This exploratory study sought to identify the specific experiences of six UK fathers who parent an adolescent with chronic pain. Data from semi structured interviews were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Paternal experiences were characterised by four themes: ‘helplessness’, ‘containment’, ‘balance’ and ‘re-evaluation’. Findings highlighted paternal efforts to manage the impact of adolescent chronic pain by focusing inwardly on the family and adopting multiple roles. Fathers identified ways in which they could renegotiate their relationship with their adolescent to manage pain related disruption.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsJordan, A., Crabtree, A. and Eccleston, C.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsadolescence,men's health,interpretative phenomenological analysis,chronic illness,family
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Research CentresCentre for Pain Research
    ID Code45473


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